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SAE-7 Researcher Biophotonics

SAE-7 - Researcher - Biophotonics

Contract Type - Full time/fixed term

Biophotonics at Tyndall is a newly established collaborative research programme based at the Tyndall National Institute led by Professor Stefan Andersson-Engels. The Group’s focus will be to form close collaborations with clinicians, research centres and companies to accelerate biophotonics technology and rapidly deliver breakthrough technologies into the hands of health-care providers. Using photonics as a driver for the faster development and deployment of more accurate, less invasive diagnostic and treatment methods for cancer and other diseases.  The new programme has been formed by the Tyndall National Institute, the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) and University College Cork, under a €5M award from Science Foundation Ireland.

Reporting to the Head of Biophotonics, the position of Researcher will be expected to work on chemical aspects of the projects in the SFI award. These will mainly include surface-enhanced Raman scattering of body fluids and targeting chemistry for upconverting nanoparticle based diagnostics and manipulation. In the role there will also be tasks supporting the rest of the team, and other team member’s projects. Further details can be found at


The candidate is expected to be creative, self-motivated, and should help create an efficiently and friendly atmosphere within the Biophotonics team and beyond to all teams at IPIC and Tyndall. These positions will offer great opportunities for learning and to become internationally visible as the successful candidates will be part of building a new centre for biophotonics with a potential to become a key player in the field and with excellent infrastructure support.

Reporting to the Head of Biophotonics and or his/her nominee, the Researcher will conduct specified pieces of research as directed.  The role of the Researcher will be mainly, but not exclusively, to carry out strategic research activities in order to delivery specific research objectives and outputs. The Researcher will also act as translator in a multidisciplinary research field: of research questions as well as of industry and academic research needs and capabilities; such that highly structured and well defined research projects can be devised, set up and executed. The researcher will be expected to participate in full collaborative projects.

  • Conduct specified programmes of research and participate in developing future research initiatives within the group
  • Interact closely with postgraduate research students in support of their research in conjunction with an academic supervisor.
  • Work with industry academic and partners to develop calls for proposals for research projects.
  • Contribute to grant proposal writing for EU and other funding streams.
  • Engage in the dissemination of the results of the research in which they are engaged, as directed.
  • Engage in the wider research and scholarly activities of the research group.
  • Carry out administrative work to support the programme of research.
  • Contribute to costing research grant proposals and assist in the financial management of research projects.
  • Participate in Education and Public Engagement activitie, as required.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the Tyndall Quality Management system.
  • Ensure all activities are compliant with the required Health and Safety standards.
  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.

Essential Criteria

  • The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in one of the following disciplines: chemical engineering, biochemistry, physics, biomedical engineering, biomedicine, or a related field.
  • The candidate must demonstrate an academic record of scientific excellence, independent research.
  • Strong theoretical and experimental skills and hands-on experience with chemistry and/or optical systems are essential.
  • Good communication, writing, organisation and interpersonal skills.
  • Appropriate research experience.
  • Appropriate technical competence and accomplishment.
  • Highly self-motivated and able to demonstrate initiative.
  • A capability of working within a project team to achieve results.
  • A commitment to personal development.
  • Good project management skills

Desirable Criteria

  • Experiences of relevance for the fields of Raman techniques, surface chemistry, biomedical optics, imaging, spectroscopy, ultrasound-optical interaction for waveguide engineering project and/or within system integration are highly desired.

For further queries relating to this position, please email contact Prof. Stefan Andersson-Engels

Appointment may be made on the IUA Researcher Scale €36,853 - €43,828.

Application Instructions

Step 1 - click here to download and complete the application form

Step 2 – return the completed application form, together with your cv and motivation letter to

Please note that Garda vetting and/or an international police clearance check may form part of the selection process.

The University, at its discretion, may undertake to make an additional appointment(s) from this competition following the conclusion of the process. 

Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector.

At this time, Tyndall National Institute does not require the assistance of recruitment agencies.

Tyndall National Institute at University College, Cork is an Equal Opportunities Employer.